Federal Policy Priorities for Creating Affordable Homes and
Ending Homelessness in NJ

The Housing & Community Development Network of NJ will advocate the following short and long-term policy priorities.

Supporting the National Low Income Housing Coalition pandemic recommendations to President Biden:

  • Announce that non-congregate sheltering will continue to be approved under FEMA’s PA Program through 6 months after the expiration of the Department of Health and Human Service’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration.
  • Increase the federal cost-share for COVID-19-related and other major disaster reimbursements.
  • Authorize the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) to transition to permanent housing solutions.
  • Create additional incentives for hotel owner participation in non-congregate sheltering.

Preserving and increasing resources for federal affordable housing programs especially for those serving extremely low-income families:

  • Today, just one in four families eligible for federal housing assistance get the help they need. We need to increase funding in the FY 22 budget for rental assistance.
  • For decades, Congress has failed to provide adequate funding to maintain public housing in good condition, and as a result, public housing faces a more than $70 billion backlog in capital improvement needs. In 2021, we will work to secure major investments to repair and rehabilitate public housing, and to advance policies that protect renters living in public housing.
  • With COVID, homelessness is increasing. We need to increase resources for the homeless by supporting $3.5 billion for Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program.
  • New affordable homes are critically needed. To do this, we will advocate to increase the HOME Investment Partnerships to at least $1.75 billion.
  • Housing Counseling - Increase the FY 2021 funding for Housing Counseling to at least $75 million which was in the 2020 House budget.

Protecting, monitoring and expanding the national Housing Trust Fund (NHTF):

  • The NHTF has helped build affordable homes in NJ for renters with extremely low incomes. This program must be expanded to help house people with the greatest needs – 74% of NJ’s extremely low income renters pay over half their income on housing. Expand the National Housing Trust Fund to at least $5 billion as part of any infrastructure package and $3.5 billion annually in comprehensive housing finance reform.

For more information, please contact Arnold Cohen, Senior Policy Director at 609-393-3752 x1600/[email protected] or Matt Hersh, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at 609-393-3752 x1100/[email protected] Updated 1.5.2021

For more information, please contact Arnold Cohen, Senior Policy Director at 609-393-3752 x1600/[email protected] or Matt Hersh, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at 609-393-3752 x1100/[email protected] Updated 1.5.2021